Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is my great honor to be elected as the President of the 53rd Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery / the 13th Japan-China-Korea Pediatric Heart Forum with Asian Pacific Symposium, to be held from 7th to 9th of July 2017. The theme of this Congress will be the following:
“Connecting the Dots to Spin the Yarn of Life:
Spinning Our Professional Works into the Yarn of Life
For Children with Cardiovascular Diseases.”
Here is the story behind the making of this theme, which represents well of my intention towards the medical treatment as well as the upcoming Congress, and seems perfect to present as my official statement.
I have been appointed at Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Children’s Hospital since my second year of so-called “junior resident” period of physician’s training. Since then, I have devoted my entire medical training to physical treatment of congenital heart diseases.
In my early days, as I barely understood the A-B-C of surgery, I assigned myself to simulate next day’s surgery the night before as my routine practice, so that I would become useful one day at operations with Professor Michio Yokota, my former teacher I indebted with gratitude. First, the “skin incision,” “sternal splitting incision,” and then “graft vessels insertion,” … Wait a minute! What about the needlework and the depth of a blood supply purse-string suture?
I was not able to go beyond the basic skills and crashed before the artificial heart-lung machine began to operate. Once I could reach the cardiac arrest, then I began to hit the deadlock of knowledge, which made me feel restless without pulling out my anatomy textbook in the middle of the night. A few years later, I could finally get a good night’s sleep after finishing my simulation of operation for most cases of the basic symptoms.
Based on this experience, I have come to think that “surgical operation is a work of connecting the dots to spin the yarn of life.” Nowadays, I even believe that “medical treatment itself is the work of connecting the dots to spin the yarn of life: professionals in each department take responsibility of one’s area and connect all these works to contribute to the life of patient.” The new “Medical Specialists” system launching in Japan in FY2017 is meant to be, in my understanding, “a system that trains the medical specialists who can connect the dots of curricula to make it into a line of program and bear the share of responsibility.”
I hope that the 53rd Annual Meeting be a place for professionals as well as potential professionals – the dots – to get together and spin a yarn that leads to the better medical treatments of the future, including the improvement of current medical treatments as well as education of the next generations. My role as Congress President will be to provide the “effective and comfortable place” necessary for that sort of boundless gathering.
I urge you all to participate in and create the time of fun and beneficial discussions for yourself as well as for everyone else, together with me at the upcoming Congress!
Kisaburo Sakamoto, President
The 53rd Annual Meeting of
Japanese Society of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery/
Vice President/Director of the Cardiovascular Center/
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery,
Mount Fuji Shizuoka Children’s Hospital